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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 26/12/43; Savannah 17/1/44; Assigned 775BS/463BG Celone 9/3/44; loaned to 49BS/2BG Amendola, Missing in Action 19/3/44 with 97BG on familiarisation mission with Keith Chambers, Co-pilot: Melvin Wagner, Navigator: Harry Wolquitt [463BG], Bombardier: Fred Lawson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Babek, Radio Operator: Adam Sokolowski, Ball turret gunner: Albt Gricius, Waist gunner: Francis Delap, Waist gunner: Bob Bredesen, Tail gunner: Rich Goldsmith (10 Killed in Action); mid-air coll with 42-31823 (463BG); ditched Adriatic Sea. MACR 3286.



  • 42-31823

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 25/12/43; Tulsa 9/1/44; Maxwell 14/1/44; Lakeland 16/1/44; Morrison 14/2/44; Assigned 772BS/463BG Celone 15/2/44; Transferred 341BS/97BG Amendola 3/44 ...

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    15th Air Force

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    2nd Bomb Group

    Served on antisubmarine duty for several months after the U.S. entered World War II. In October 1942 was re-designated as 2d Bombardment Group (Heavy) and earmarked for combat. The group was transferred on paper to Geiger Field, Washington, where it...

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    463rd Bomb Group

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    775th Bomb Squadron

    Established in mid-1943 as a B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombardment squadron; assigned to Second Air Force for training. Attached in late 1943 and early 1944 to Air University Army Air Force School of Applied Tactics. Deployed to Mediterranean Theater...



Event Location Date
Manufactured Seattle, WA, USA 1943

Built at Boeing.

Delivered 722, 6207 Missile Dr, Cheyenne, WY 82005, USA 26 December 1943

Delivered Cheyenne AAF 26-Dec-43.

Assigned 71040 Amendola FG, Italy March 1944

Loaned to 49BS, 2BG Amendola Mar-44.

Assigned Via S. Severo, km. 4, 71121 Foggia FG, Italy 9 March 1944

Assigned 775BS/463BG Celone 9/3/44.

Crashed Gulf of Manfredonia, Italy 19 March 1944

Missing in Action 19-Mar-44 on familiarisation mission mid air collision with 42-38123 (2BG); crashed Adriatic Sea; MACR 3286.


Date Contributor Update
28 August 2020 02:36:32 jmoore43 Changes to description

Added a space in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

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28 August 2020 02:26:26 jmoore43 Changes to description

Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

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03 September 2017 09:55:49 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, description, events, unit associations and place associations

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27 September 2014 18:40:49 AAM AAM ingest

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